Egypt extends detention order for Al Jazeera journalist
| 06 May 2014
An Egyptian court has extended by 45 days the detention of Al Jazeera Arabic journalist, Abdullah Elshamy, who has been imprisoned without charge since August 2013.
Appearing in court on 3 May, Abdullah Elshamy demanded he be released immediately, and said he had not seen a doctor or lawyer since being held by the authorities.
"They know it's all a big sham, thus I insist on being released immediately," the correspondent said in court.
Elshamy has been on hunger strike for over a hundred days, during which time his weight has reportedly dropped from 108kg to 74kg.
Three other Al Jazeera journalists are also being held by the Egyptian authorities.
Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, who all work for Al Jazeera English, are accused of spreading false news and working with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Their trial has been adjourned until 15 May.
Qatar-based Al Jazeera strenuously denies these charges and has repeatedly called for the immediate release of its staff.